Fiji Multi-Country Office

There is a growing recognition and understanding within the Pacific that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. To this end, some progress towards gender equality has been made at regional, national and community levels.

For example, some Pacific Island countries and territories have passed domestic violence legislation, have supported the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health rights at international meetings and have included gender equality in development forum discussions.

The region still has a long way to go. The Pacific has some of the world’s highest rates of gender-based and sexual violence, as well as the lowest numbers of women in parliament.

Women in the region often face cultural, economic and systemic barriers to participating fully in their communities. These can include little or no access to decent work, leadership opportunities, legal representation, basic education and healthcare, as well as the direct physical and emotional effects of violence.

However, women also offer unique skills and knowledge that could play a huge part in ensuring the overall health and prosperity of their families, communities and nations.

UN Women’s Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) works with governments and civil society organisations across 14 Pacific Island countries and territories to address this imbalance, empower women and build more inclusive societies.

To do this, the MCO works through four key programmes:


News and Updates

In the words of Shobhna Verma, a market vendor: “I was just a simple housewife. Now I feel my dreams are fulfilled.”

21 August 2017

For the past 35 years Shobhna Verma has made her living selling produce at Suva Market in Fiji’s capital. While her three children are now grown and having their own families, she continues to take on new responsibilities, the latest of which is as a Justice of the Peace. Shobhna is the Legal Adviser with the Suva Market Vendor Association and has attended a series of trainings on financial literacy... More

Putting the “Grand Bargain” into Action in the Pacific

18 August 2017

On 19 August, World Humanitarian Day, UN Women joins other humanitarian actors in recognising the essential work of humanitarians in conflict zones and disasters. For UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office, working in the Pacific region means preparing for and responding to increasingly severe tropical cyclones – as seen with devastating Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston that hit Fiji in February 2016, affecting nearly 40 per cent of Fiji’s... More

Ambassador congratulates Sisters Helping Sisters

09 August 2017

Women from Silae Vanua and Marobe Tanvasoko Market Vendor Associations (MVA) welcomed Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone, as she unveiled new office equipment for the Silae Vanua MVA. The Silae Vanua MVA’s new office equipment is funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program in Vanuatu... More

Dialogue to address violence against women and girls with disabilities

09 August 2017

“Women and girls with disabilities do not report cases of violence, abuse and exploitations due to barriers and challenges they face as a woman and as a person with a disability”, said Mr Setareki Macanawai, the CEO for Pacific Disability Forum (PDF). Mr Macanawai made this comment at the first ever regional dialogue on Ending Violence against women and girls with disabilities (EVAW) in the Pacific. PDF in partnership with the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office... More

Ways to reduce violence against women and girls with disabilities

08 August 2017

Lessons learnt from a unique Toolkit on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Fiji are driving ideas to develop similar approaches in other Pacific countries. “When we started using our Fiji toolkit back in 2015 we didn’t realise how much it would really help our women and girls,” said Litia Naitanui, Rewa Branch President, Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO), who is a participant at this week’s Pacific Disability... More

Gender Awareness for Councillors

17 July 2017

“At times, we think only men can participate in decisions that we make for our wards, council and for the city but women also play a very important role in our society and we must also include them in whatever decisions we do,” said Charles Aiwosuga, a participant at the Gender 101 training and also Honiara’s Deputy Mayor. “For me, as a leader, this session had given some new ideas and knowledge to be humble and carry our work by putting on the gender lenses,” he added... More

Disaster Response Management Plans developed for Auki and Honiara Central Market

12 June 2017

For the first time two Solomon Islands markets, Auki and Honiara Central Markets have plans ready to ensure safety at a time of disaster thanks to the collaborative efforts of partners engaged in the UN Women Markets for Change project. Over the past two weeks, UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project has partnered with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and provincial counterparts based at Honiara City... More

Marketplaces to better consider the majority of market vendors needs in allocating budgets

08 May 2017

Regional training is assisting participants to better understand the impact of spending on women and men market vendors then plan gender responsive budgets. Today completes the week-long Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) training, which is part of UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project primarily funded by the Australian Government. Participants from local and national government, provincial and municipal council officials from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are keen to use... More

Setting the stage to break the cycle of violence: theatre as an advocacy tool for youth in Solomon Islands

07 February 2017

“Dealing with youths, especially students, is very difficult, because when you talk about the issues of violence, domestic violence and sexual abuse, it’s funny to them. They giggle and laugh. But when the drama group actually dramatizes the scene, the mood. Hendrick Barai of Family Support Centre, with UN Women’s toolkit on designing projects... More

Publications

UN Women in the Pacific Newsletters

06 May 2016

Special Issue - Tropical Cyclone Winston | May 2016. In this issue: (*) Collecting the stories of Winston (*) Addressing the needs of women and girls (*) Getting the response right for women (*) Shaping the recovery process (*) Assessment crucial to ongoing activities (*) Preventing and responding to violence... More

Annual Report 2015

This year has seen UN Women’s programmes in the Pacific reach more women than ever before. There is evidence of progress and that the needs, potential and contributions of Pacific women are being... Read more

Disasters: What’s gender got to do with it?
OP-ED – World Humanitarian Day

In the past 18 months, we have seen two massive cyclones rip through Vanuatu and Fiji, leaving a trail of devastation; homes and livelihoods destroyed, crops wiped out, no clean water, insecure food supply... More

Featured Publication

How to design projects to end violence against women and girls

  

This toolkit was developed by UN Women’s Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund (Pacific Fund) in response to requests by stakeholders for practical, user-friendly materials and resources that would help them design and implement successful projects to end violence against women and girls. It is funded by the Australian Government... more

A Time To Stand

A Time To Stand - comic edition is the illustrated stories of Meri – a first-time political candidate – and Isabelle – a first-time voter – and the challenges they both face in a fictional Pacific Island country. The comic is a companion to the 10-part radio series launched online in 2014... more

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality